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Parsing HB-2's Bathroom Babble

Harold Lloyd | Posted 02.15.2017 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

The toothless babble of HB-2 "protects" no one other than perhaps employers whose employees have more restricted rights as a result. Let's repeal this political mess that backfired on McCrory and will backfire on Berger and Moore as well if we don't move on.

A Trump Nation in an ALEC land

Rep. Chris Taylor | Posted 12.05.2016 | Politics
Rep. Chris Taylor

The first post-presidential American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) meeting this week in Washington, DC made clear that starry-eyed conservative ...

It's Time To Hold Corporate Carbon Producers Accountable

Elliott Negin | Posted 10.13.2016 | Green
Elliott Negin

90 companies accounted for 65 percent of worldwide carbon emissions between 1854 and 2013.

Trump Economic Adviser "Pushing" for Climate Denier, Fracking Promoter to Head EPA

Steve Horn | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics
Steve Horn

Photo Credit: Heritage Foundation | YouTube ScreenshotCross-Posted from DeSmogBlogStephen Moore -- economic adviser for Republican Party presidential ...

ALEC's Dark Money Game

Rep. Chris Taylor | Posted 08.10.2016 | Politics
Rep. Chris Taylor

I walked into my sixth American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conference over a week ago as one of two familiar Wisconsin myths was being told by the queen of ALEC, state Senator Leah Vukmir.

Fourth Circuit Strikes Down Discriminatory Provisions of Gov. Pat McCrory's North Carolina "Omnibus" Election Law

Harold Lloyd | Posted 08.08.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down provisions of Gov. Pat McCrory's "omnibus" election law requiring photo identification in form bla...

SMART ALEC Founder Refuses to Cease and Desist

Judy Frankel | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Matthew Charles Cardinale, activist, law student, and affordable housing advocate, refused to respond to ALEC's demand to cease using the name "SMART ...

ALEC In Indianapolis: ExxonMobil And The #WebOfDenial

Connor Gibson | Posted 07.29.2016 | Green
Connor Gibson

This month, nineteen United States Senators called attention to the Web of Denial, a network of front groups that oppose any productive action to combat climate change.

Black Lives, Blue Lives, and the Fight Over Criminal Justice in America

Mary Bottari | Posted 07.27.2016 | Politics
Mary Bottari

The victims of police violence were not mentioned on the RNC stage. This, in a city where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed in an incident that resulted in the U.S. Department of Justice putting the Cleveland police under a consent decree. On Tuesday, the DNC chose a different path.

ExxonMobil Is Still Funding Climate Science Denier Groups

Elliott Negin | Posted 07.13.2016 | Green
Elliott Negin

ExxonMobil officials may hem and haw when reporters ask them if the company still funds climate science denier organizations, but the numbers don't lie.

Suffocating Freedom: Plastic Bags, California's Progress, and Polluters' Fight to the Death

Hans Johnson | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Hans Johnson

When California responded to a pervasive and costly form of blight by enacting the nation's first statewide ban on throwaway plastic bags, the victory...

The "Fix" Is In: Tweaking House Bill 2 (And Workers, Too)

Harold Lloyd | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

The North Carolina legislature recently passed legislation partially restoring state-law employment discrimination claims eliminated by House Bill 2. ...

O&G Industry Targeting the Last Vestige of Democracy: The Citizen Ballot Initiative

Michele Swenson | Posted 06.29.2016 | Denver
Michele Swenson

Industry has followed the lead of the American Legislative Exchange Council by seeking to place citizen ballot initiatives out of reach for all but the wealthy. ALEC advocates making it harder to qualify referendum language, and requiring supermajorities to pass an initiative.

Colorado Preemptions of Local Government: The Need for the Colorado Community Rights Amendment

Michele Swenson | Posted 06.28.2016 | Denver
Michele Swenson

The proposed Colorado Community Rights Amendment is a response to decades-long efforts to suppress local government.

Solicitor ALEC

Rep. Chris Taylor | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Rep. Chris Taylor

Somehow, despite cutting public schools and the UW system, borrowing to fund transportation, and decimating the Department of Natural Resources, the GOP found a way to fund a new and largely unaccountable Solicitor General with several new deputies, charged with using taxpayer money to fight ideological battles in court.

Coal Companies' Secret Funding of Climate Science Denial Exposed

Elliott Negin | Posted 04.13.2016 | Green
Elliott Negin

Recent bankruptcy filings reveal that coal companies are still funding climate science denier groups.

Preemption of Democracy by ALEC, its Corporate Funders, and Republican & Democratic Corporatists

Michele Swenson | Posted 02.17.2017 | Denver
Michele Swenson

Message to media pundits: "It's the Corporatocracy, stupid!" Government has been coopted in service of the corporate bottom line, bought by the likes of the Koch brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council which writes model laws to supplant democracy and overcome the common good.

Ford Becomes Latest Corporation Dumping ALEC and Its Climate Denial

Nick Surgey | Posted 02.17.2017 | Business
Nick Surgey

Ford Motor Company confirmed to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) that it is cutting ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization that has drawn heavy criticism for promoting climate change denial and for opposing the development of renewable energy sources.

Corporate Interests Take Aim at Local Democracy

Mary Bottari | Posted 02.03.2017 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Across America, corporate interests are taking aim at local government. With Congress gridlocked and a majority of state legislatures controlled by right-wing interests, cities have become laboratories of democracy for progressive policies like a higher minimum wage, LGBTQ protections, or parental leave.

Exposing Misleading 'Business Climate' Rankings

Erica Williams | Posted 01.19.2017 | Politics
Erica Williams

The new website Grading the States: Business Climate Rankings and the Real Path to Prosperity debunks the state rankings from several organizations pu...

A Koch Industries Lobbyist Took My Phone! (VIDEO)

Connor Gibson | Posted 12.16.2016 | Politics
Connor Gibson

The American Legislative Exchange Council's three annual meetings are quite the spectacle. This month, at ALEC's third and final meeting of the year in Scottsdale, Arizona, I had an interesting encounter with a member of ALEC's board of directors.

Major Electric Utility Dumps ALEC Over Clean Power Plan

Nick Surgey | Posted 12.08.2016 | Business
Nick Surgey

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has suffered the loss of another major corporate sponsor, the Guardian reported Tuesday, with the electric utility American Electric Power (AEP) announcing it will no longer provide the climate change denial group with funding from 2016.

ExxonMobil in Denial About Climate Science Denial

Elliott Negin | Posted 12.08.2016 | Green
Elliott Negin

ExxonMobil's counteroffensive against allegations it deceived shareholders and the general public about climate change risks has a messaging problem. Company PR flacks just can't get their story straight.

Did ExxonMobil Just Admit It's Still Funding Climate Science Deniers?

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.23.2016 | Green
Elliott Negin

Asked on PBS NewHour whether ExxonMobil funds climate change denier organizations to malign mainstream climate science, ExxonMobil's vice president of public and government affairs replied, "Well, the answer is yes... And I will let those organizations respond for themselves."

Ford Revealed As Funder Of Climate Denial Group ALEC

Nick Surgey | Posted 11.06.2016 | Green
Nick Surgey

A Ford spokesperson, Christin Baker, confirmed the ALEC grant to the Center for Media and Democracy/PRWatch, but said that the funding was not intended to be used by ALEC to block action on climate change.